Mike Tyson & son star in Michael & Son Services ad aired during Super Bowl 50
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (ABC7) —
An Alexandria-based heating, plumbing and air-conditioning company got Mike Tyson to appear in its Super Bowl commercial.
In the 30-second commercial for Michael & Son Services, you see Mike Tyson's son in a boxing ring telling his trainer he "can't do it."
Moments later Mike Tyson steps in and knocks out his son's opponent.
But the president of the company, Basim Mansour, says initially they had a different idea in mind for the commercial. He says they wanted to do a spoof on the movie "The Hangover" but they couldn't for legal reasons.
Mansour says it was also a long process getting Tyson to appear in the commercial and to make it all work.
"It was difficult at first," he said. "But we found a friend of a friend and we made it happen."
The marketing director for the company says with Tyson's controversial past they've received both positive and negative feedback on the ad. It only ran in select markets during the game where the company provides its services such as the D.C. area and Charlotte, North Carolina.
"It's understandable and obviously we don't condone anything that he's done," said Chris Thompson. "Just using Mike in the Super Bowl was just meant to have fun."